How to Build Your First iOS App




You have this random burst of motivation and finally want to work on that app that you have envisioned for several weeks now. You can see it, you know it will be useful and people will love it. If that truly is the case with you, you have come to the right place. Before we begin, it is important to discuss that before you work on your app, you get app development training as that will give you a clear idea about all you need to know about app development.

Since you are reading this article, it is safe to assume that this is your first time with app development. Let’s have a look at a brief guide that will make your app a success amongst your target audience.

Always Get Started When You Have an Application Idea

The first thing that you need to have is an idea about the kind of application you need to build. Do you want to build a beauty app? A game? Something location based? There are so many options that you can choose from. It is highly recommended that you work on something that you are interested in. Since you are working on an iOS app, it is important to know that you need to come up with a great idea. It is not easy to release your application because of the strict review process.

Come Up With a Unique Application Design

If you want your app to be successful, you need to have a great design. Here are some of the aspects that you need to take into account:

Screen Designs

Screen designs are important if you want your users to like what they see on the screen. If you lack creative skills, hire a creative designer, so they can come up with something for your target audience. Ask them to show you initial sketches and make sure that you give them your input.

Quality Content

Quality content is very important as it will make your app look professional and will coax more and more people to use it. Depending on the kind of app you have in mind, it may be a good idea to hire a content writer.

Monetization

One of the most important aspects that you need to pay attention to is how the app will help you to earn money. Since this is your first time developing an app, make sure you check out Google Admob.

Get a Mac

Getting a Mac will make it easier for you to build an iOS application and will help you if you opt for an iOS certification (spoiler alert: there is no iOS certification from apple, but we have a ton of great courses to upskill you in that regard).

Make an iOS Developer Account

You need to have an iOS Developer Account if you want to test out or publish the application. In addition to this, you will also need to get a copy of XCode. If you are unsure how to get about, you can get all the information at the iOS Developer Account.

Download XCode

XCode is the IDE for iOS development and is really easy to understand. It has an iOS stimulator that makes it possible for developers to test the application on devices that support iOS.

Work on the Application

There are a number of iOS app development tutorials available out there that will give you app development training. You should know that iOS development is very different from web application development. The basics of programming and designing remain the same but the testing and structure is much different.

Test Out the Application

You need to make sure that the application works without any glitches. One of the best ways to go about is to take the help of iOS stimulator, as you will be able to see how the app function on different Apple devices.

Get Approval from iOS App Store by Sending Your Application

Once you are done with your application and have tested it out, the next step is to publish it on the iOS App Store. This would make it possible for people to download it. Once you publish the app, you can sit back and relax because your app is ready to send ROIs your way.

Maintaining the Application

Since there is so much competition out there, you need to make sure that your app always updates and is supported by the latest iOS update. For example, if you made your app for a certain screen resolution and Apple come out with a new device, you will have to upgrade your application so that it is compatible with the new screen resolution.  If you will not maintain and constantly upgrade your application, Apple may remove your app from iTunes, if they see that your app is not conforming to their set guidelines as well as quality standards.

Top Tips to Develop Your iOS App

It can be quite overwhelming to develop your first app. Check out these tips that will help you to develop your first iOS app:

  • Create a great product that is well designed and will be great in terms of user experience as well as visuals. If the app is good it will sell itself.
  • Make a viral mechanism a vital part of your app so that it attracts a large number of followers. Take the example of Snapchat, the app is only fun when it is used with friends. The ‘snapstreak’ feature generates large revenue for the company.
  • Develop the app for Android as well. Leaving them out means that you will be missing out on a large chunk of followers.
  • It is understandable that you want to be one of the top apps in the world, but since you are just getting started, focus on being the best app of the region.
  • Make sure you market your app well.
  • Track and measure everything because that’s the cue to learning if your app is doing well.
  • Make the app free but include in-app purchases.
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Tim Dieterich

Tim is an IT Education Consultant who works with SMBs, enterprise, and government organizations. He helps them achieve IT business objectives through comprehensive multi-mode learning. He assists clients and organizations by making recommendations and providing education for Information Technology, Project Management, Process Improvement, Soft Skills, and more.